Every now and again I seem to reach that burned out state. You've been there before - we all have, I suppose. That sense of rising up in the morning and simply having...nothing. No energy. No hopes. No nothing.
I'm interested (in an abstract sense, I suppose) about what causes this sort of thing. It's not as if the contributing factors - lots going on, maybe a lack of sleep, the rush of an event (Christmas in this case) - don't occur during many points of the year. What does seem to occur right now is this very real sense that there are no reserves left, that everything has been played and there's still an entire period to play.
So what's the difference? What is that factor that drains us of the sense that we don't have any more - perhaps when we really do?
I suspect it's inner related than outer related. All things like this seem to be. Perhaps a temporary abandonment of hope? That would make sense as well - hope is directed towards the future, when there is a possibility that something can change, where as a continuing sense of burnout probably stems from a sense that we have given our all and there is nothing left to give.
I wish I understood this state better - somewhere in the midst of the lack of drive and energy, at the feeling at the end of your rope is the germ of learning to persevere better. There are lessons to be learned here - the biggest, I suppose, is simply how to get out of this state more quickly.
Another road of learning I suppose - if I can just find the motivation and energy to do it...